Security forces reinforce their presence to prevent entry to the Tunisian Parliament

Security forces reinforce their presence to prevent entry to the Tunisian Parliament
Security forces reinforce their presence to prevent entry to the Tunisian Parliament

Today, Friday, the Tunisian security forces reinforced their presence in the vicinity of the parliament, which has been frozen for more than two months, to prevent deputies from entering the seat of the Assembly of the Representatives of the People, which has closed its doors since last July 25..

Since Friday morning, police in civilian and security uniforms have cordoned off the parliament headquarters and set up barriers to prevent the passage of citizens and cars, according to the AFP correspondent..

This came after more than 80 deputies from the Ennahda party and its political ally, the “Qalb Tounes” party, called on deputies to gather in front of the 217-seat parliament..

Only one deputy accepted the invitation, according to an AFP correspondent, while the media reported that two deputies had attended.

“I came today as a deputy to resume work in Parliament, but I found the doors closed,” Ennahda party MP Mohamed Al-Qumani told reporters.

Al-Qomani, who was monitored by the police, left after some of Saeed’s supporters gathered in front of the council asked him to do so.

One of them shouted, “Leave. Why did you come to Parliament when you have been there for 10 years? Aren’t you ashamed, leave.”

On July 25, President Kais Saied announced, in a surprising move, the freezing of Parliament, the dismissal of Prime Minister Hisham Al-Mashishi, and the assumption of powers in the country..

A week ago, he issued “exceptional” measures by a presidential order, according to which the government became responsible to him while he himself issued legislation instead of Parliament, what experts considered as a prelude to changing the country’s parliamentary political system stipulated in the 2014 constitution..

Saeed also decided to lift the immunity of the deputies and suspend their salaries and financial grants they were receiving.

It is expected that two demonstrations will take place on Sunday, the first in front of the parliament headquarters for opponents of what they call a “coup” Said, and the second in support of the president, and it will be on Habib Bourguiba Street in the capital, Tunis..

In light of this political tension, the head of the Democratic Current bloc (21 deputies out of 217), Ghazi al-Shawashi, warned in previous media statements of the country’s slide “towards violence” and a “civil war”.

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